Bad Swim Coach Practices
Swimming, like all other sports, has its fair share of myths, rituals, practices, habits, and rituals. But that doesn’t make them wrong.
Swimming coaching can be played as a “follow-the-leader” game with new coaches following the coaching methods and systems of senior coaches without question.
It is, however, a challenge in every walk of life to be the best. Being creative and bold enough to be the first one to do it “What can be?”
Take a moment to think about it.
If you had never done swimming before, or if you didn’t know much about the sport, and someone asked you to watch a video of Olympic swimmers, what would you see?
Events that are short and sprint-based;
- Athletes can be explosive and powerful, especially when they leave the blocks or push off against the walls in turns.
- Athletes who can move effortlessly and easily through the water at high speeds – something that human beings were not designed to do.
All of this is now.
Swimming is all about speed, power, and execution of great techniques in competition conditions.
With this fresh and new outlook on swimming, what can you do?
10 Swimming Coaching Methods That Make No Sense
1. 1. Start at 5 a.m. or earlierThis is absurd. Sleep is essential for the human body. It’s unreasonable to ask children to get up at 4 am and then push them around a pool for 2 hours before the sun rises is sensible. It is time to reconsider the two-hour training sessions – two hours of repetitive laps after laps – and find better ways to coach swimmers.
2. Poor technique is a reason to swim. Swimming is a technique-driven sport. It is essential that water moves quickly require efficient and technically effective movements. Poor technique, poor streamlining, and poor turns are all reasons not to swim even one lap. You must do it correctly – and consistently.
3. In training, swim long repetitions and long sets. Swimming competitions are usually over in 2 minutes. So why should we keep training sets such as 40×100, 10×300, 15×200, 2000 to save time?
In the old days, coaches believed this training made you more mentally and physically tougher. You’re tough when you can swim at maximum speed, with excellent technique, and under fatigue conditions in competition. These skills are not learned by swimming 70 miles per week at low speeds and with poor technique.
4. Warm upIt’s worth a second to think about. Think about it for a moment. When was the last time you or someone you know pulled a muscle while swimming?
It could happen, but it is very unlikely. Swimming with poor technique, or excessive use of the pool is two main causes of swimming injuries. Swimming too hard, too often, or too frequently – not due to an accident or acute incident.
Why waste 10-25% of your workout time warming up when you can spend it on the water? You’ll soon feel warm and energized if you get in the pool.
5. 5. Kill speed. Everything depends on how you pee. Why is it that coaches put in months of hard endurance training and threshold training, hoping that swimmers will improve their speed during taper? It’s all about speed. Why spend so much time trying to kill speed when that is the most important reason why we train?
6. When it is cold, stretch. Warm muscles are more elastic, as we know. We are stuck in this pre-training stretching mindset.
Allow swimmers to swim 300, 400, and 500 meters, then when they feel warm, get them to stretch, do roll work, or complete a short yoga stretching routine.
You can stretch for three minutes between sets or use acupressure and trigger point “release” techniques to relieve muscle tension in key muscle groups.
Stretching is designed to assist swimmers in achieving the correct position without strain, stress, or effort. Why force cold muscles to conform to technical correct positions when they are not capable?
7. Do you only want to go fast during the season of competition? Again, speed is everything.
Periodization does not refer to “only” doing endurance work before the season or “only” doing speed work during racing season.
This means balancing the skills, attributes, and qualities required to swim fast for the duration of the swimmer’s program.
Speed is keySpecialSoPreciousIt is important to nurture and develop your endurance, flexibility, power, and strength throughout the year. Periodization is aboutAccentuation- not exclusion
8. Only race when your best. Racing isn’t always about winning.
It’s all about learning. It is about learning and assessing the progress of training.
You can race often, you’ll learn the strategies and skills to deal with every situation.
9. Do not rely too heavily on equipment. It’s fun to use swim equipment. It makes training more interesting. You can also have different training methods and sets.
However, they should be avoided until they offer Olympic Gold medals or NCAA titles for paddle events and kickboard races.
It doesn’t mean you have to do pull-in every workout. Paddles are not necessary for every training session. You should only use equipment if it is able to make a significant improvement in technique, skills, and other essential swimming abilities.
10. Do not continue mental training during the last weeks of the competition. The application of mental skills can enhance everything you do in the water.
- Focus and concentration are key skills for skill development and drills.
- For endurance and speed training, relaxation and breathing control are essential.
- Visualization is an amazing skill that you can master before you start practicing.
Many coaches and swimmers are too quick to assume that “psychology” refers to mental illness. They also assume it is something they only do the day before the meet, usually in some “motivation” talk.
All you do in the pool, from learning to swim to advanced swimmers in the Private swimming academy. Everything You do in the pool has a mental aspect. The effective connection between the mind & the body
Swimming Coaching Practices: Be Different – See things from a new angle
Internet access means that anyone can find information on any topic, at any time, from anywhere, and often for free.
As more people have access to the most recent ideas, information, and innovations from other sports and industries, their swimming coaching techniques and practices are being scrutinized, challenged, and even debated.
- Successful swimming coaching today is more about daring to be different and striving for excellence through creativity and being the first to introduce new ideas.
- Sometimes, we get so caught up in what we do, that we forget to take the time to reflect on what we are actually doing.
- Reflect on your coaching and training practices, your routines, and your rituals. Then find ways to help swimmers get faster.